Established in the 1930’s, the Pacific Northwest Ski Association (PNSA) was one of the first professional ski associations in the United States. The association was comprised of skiers throughout the Northwest. In 1958, the instructors formed their own association then known as the Pacific Northwest Ski Instructors Association (PNSIA).
This group then joined with the national organization, PSIA, and is now the division known as the Professional Snowsports Instructors of America – Northwest (PSIA-NW).
We are a very active division within the PSIA, implementing new ideas and programs nation wide. We have national representatives for the Northwest Division that work throughout the year with other representatives from the entire country to pass on teaching, skiing techniques and organizational ideas.
PSIA-NW Mission Statement
Provide high quality educational resources and well defined standards to aid our members in improving their teaching skills to better satisfy the needs and expectations of their customer in the enjoyment of downhill and Nordic snowsports.
PNISA-EF Mission Statement
Develop educational materials, curriculum, programs, well defined standards and processes to administer those standards in support of the needs and expectations of our members to increase and enhance their teaching skills.